HC Deb 01 December 1955 vol 546 c2491
17. Mr. G. Jeger

asked the Minister of Labour whether, under his regulations, a British subject who has recently completed four years' service in a Commonwealth force is exempt from call-up in Britain.

Sir W. Monckton

Full-time approved service in the Armed Forces of a Commonwealth country is taken into account by the Service Department concerned when determining the period of full-time service that a man may be required to perform under the Acts. I have no power to exempt a man from liability under the National Service Acts.

Mr. Jeger

Does that reply mean that the period for which a National Service man may be called up may be reduced from two years to a few months, or to nothing? Is that the position under the agreement with the Commonwealth forces?

Sir W. Monckton

That is the position which is dealt with, as the hon. Member will see, by the Service Department concerned, but I can tell him that the amount of service a man does in this country, after service in an approved Commonwealth force is, in general, reduced correspondingly.